The only question was how. As a child I attended a local air show with my father and came away smitten with aircraft, and the idea of someday being a pilot. The idea of joining the Air Force, which would give me the opportunity to serve in the military while at the same time following my dream of flying airplanes, suited me perfectly. The prospect of a free college education made the idea even better! Throughout high school I devoted my efforts in and out of school to achieving this goal.
This essay is about my strong family heritage of serving in the military and why I joined the Air Force, some of my personal experiences that are memorable since joining, and my current role in supporting the Air Force and Joint mission. Growing up in a military family, I have always had a large amount of pride in my country and the desire to serve in the armed forces. My maternal grandfather served in the Navy as a corpsman making nearly all of the beach landings in the pacific during WWII. This showed me how much he cared for those Marines who fought alongside him and the courage it took to be there on the battlefield. My paternal grandfather served in the Army infantry during WWII, Korea, and Vietnam.
He sacrificed many personal comforts to spend time with his family while simultaneously working graveyard shifts. He also continued his education to ultimately earn a teaching degree that allowed him to begin a second career in education once he retired from the police department. While I witnessed first-hand the work ethic and daily sacrifices form my Dad, I also was exposed to the historical significance of the service my grandfather gave to the United States. I learned late in his life that he served in the Army during WWII, and participated in many historically significant battles, to include the siege of Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge. His patriotic service motivated me to seek a career of service in the military.
In addition to understanding the full spectrum of capabilities the Air Force provides, I also have a deeper awareness of the Army and its strengths and weaknesses. After this assignment working as “the salesman” for the Air Force to the Army, I feel that I will return to the cockpit with a much broader perspective of joint warfare. Like the rest of my Air Force brothers and sisters-in-arms, my career has been profoundly shaped by September 11th and the subsequent wars. A Hollywood blockbuster started my Air Force story but it has become something far more profound and meaningful to me. It is an honor and a privilege to continue to serve with so many men and women willing to sacrifice their happiness, safety and even their lives in defense of their nation.
The personal achievements that I have experienced during my 22 years in the Air Force are also very gratifying. The work I did as a Security Policeman stand out the most. It was here that I went from a boy to a man in just a few short months and fully understood what it meant to be a part of the military. From humble beginnings in a small town I made the decision to enlist and take on a task bigger than myself. I had no idea what I was getting into.
The driving force behind the Air Force’s success story is the caliber and diverse background and values of its Airmen. Their diversity and values provide a cadre of well rounded Airmen capable of meeting the challenges of the twenty-first century and beyond. Growing up in a spanish speaking home with Catholic values taught me the value of family, honor, and hard work. These virtues helped shape the man I became and drove my ambitions to joining the military and excelling at every opportunity given. My journey into joining the profession of arms began in March of 2000 when my wife Chrystal, my girlfriend at that time, suggested I join the Air Force.
His posthumous legacy is evidence of his success. Despite his stubbornness, his political awkwardness and his insubordination, his vision, energy and courage are unanimously praised, and he is considered today the founder of the US Air Force. More importantly, he is considered the founder of American airpower. To achieve this, he first used his reputation as a war hero and all the relationships he built during WWI to oblige Department of war elites to create the Army Air Corps (AAC). Then, as a civilian, he continued to speak and write to promote his ideas, both at a tactical level in the AAC and at a strategic level in the political arena; the strength of his ideas led to the creation of the Army Air Forces (AAF).
I wanted to find a career field... ... middle of paper ... ... that I bestow on them will be what they are armed with when they are flying combat sorties wherever they may be. Even though I am no longer deployed to Afghanistan, the knowledge that I can pass on will still thrive in the F-15E community and allow others to complete the mission of the 4th Fighter Wing. Being an officer in the Air Force is something I am very proud of. In addition to being an officer, I am honored to be a Weapons System Officer in the F-15E. Inside both the Air Force and the F-15E are values that I held dear from an early age even before joining the Air Force.
The Tuskegee Airmen fought in two wars one against overseas enemies, and one against racism within the American military. Rudy Leon is the secretary of defense and gave a speech on their achievements in aviation. "Together the Tuskegee Airmen and the Organization of Black Airline Pilots have much to be proud of, and it's wonderful to come here and be reminded of how much you've accomplished in schools, in communities, and for the young men and women who serve in uniform, and to see how much energy and enthusiasm you are bringing to your new endeavors." (de Leon) The Airman were awarded for their achievements in ethnicity, and attitudes among races.They were involved in many military organization such as armorers, bombardiers, engineers, navigators, and maintenance and supply personnel. The airman fought two wars, one against overseas enemies, and one against racism within the American military.
Key factors when designing it also include practicality, appearance, and whether or not it follows military personnel guidelines. Overall military uniforms of the United States have evolved drastically since the Revolutionary War. With this fast paced evolvement over the years also comes the ever-changing and growing evolution of the fashion world. These two different worlds collide with style. Men and women’s clothing intentions have always been to keep up to date with current trends, catch the eye, and to flatter.